A martial artist who is a member at an Amersham club has won a bronze medal at TAGB English Championships.
Connor Snell, 16, who lives in Hemel Hempstead and trains at Taekwondo Amersham, competed in the Men’s Heavyweight Sparring category at the championships on March 5.
The teenager went up against others who were much more senior and took home the medal following an impressive display.
Connor’s instructor, Adam Beattie, told AmershamNews that he performed very well at the championships against others who were almost a foot taller than him.
He said: “Connor has been training with me since he was about six; he was one of the first people to join when I launched in 2006.
“It was his first time competing as an adult male; he is a foot off some people in height. He did very well.”
Connor’s dad Graeme, who has been training alongside Connor for more than 10 years, said the family are really proud of him.
He said: “There was a clear foot between him and the others; I wouldn’t have had the courage to do that at his age.
“He wasn’t daunted by it; I was really impressed that he was willing to go and fight whoever turned up.
“He’s a slightly shy 16 so getting a smile on his face was quite an achievement; he was just so proud of himself.”
Graeme added that Connor’s victory shows his dedication to the sport.
He said: “He’s trained twice a week for 10 years; it’s a big commitment and shows his character.
“For him to get that medal in his first competition as an adult shows the effort.”
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